We shine the light on this unique WiiWare title.
Puzzle games are a dime a dozen on the WiiWare, so it becomes a challenge for developers to create onethat offers an exceptionally smart concept while still being attractive to puzzle fans. Luckily for us, Liight from Studio Walljump happens to be one of those titles, and is one of the most interesting efforts ever seen on the service.
The two main puzzle elements in Liight are light reflection and color mixing. Using the Wii Remote pointer, you grab a light prism of three colors: red, green and blue. The object is to shine the colored light on a specific place on the board. This sounds simple at first, but, much like the scientific concepts the game is based on, it becomes very complex as you complete each level. Some buttons require a specific color that are not red, blue or green. This means that you have to shine two lights on it in order to make a new color. On top of this, the boards sometimes have squares that block the light, forcing you to figure out a way to work around that hassle.
The main problem with this game is that it gets very challenging early on. This could also be seen as one of the game’s biggest strengths for puzzle enthusiasts, as there are some very creative challenges to face. But if you are not into very hard or challenging puzzle games, then Liight will test your patience.
In terms of game modes, Liight features four main methods of play: Solve, Create, Share and Nonstop. Solve is a basic completion game mode where you take on various light puzzles, ranging from easy to very challenging. Create and Share are the most advertised game modes, as they allow players to create their own puzzles and send them to friends via WiiConnect24. While the game already features a plethora of puzzles to solve, these modes extend the replay value of Liight quite significantly. Finally, Nonstop mode is a marathon of puzzles where players must solve them as quickly as possible to earn the high score.
On the technical side of things, Liight features a simple, but captivating and effective aesthetic. With color being a strong component of the gameplay, it stands out, and when you combine different light prisms the color will change in the process. The music has also been connected to this concept. Each time a successful combination of light and color has been achieved, a note is added to the song, creating a full melody when the stage is completed.
Liight's simplicity ends up becoming its greatest appeal. The simple concepts of light and color are brought together to create a satisfying puzzle game that stands out from the rest of the titles on WiiWare. The only real drawback of the game is that it might prove to be too challenging for casual and novice puzzle fans. But with a create-a-puzzle mode and the ability to share with other players, Liight is worth checking out for puzzle and WiiWare enthusiasts.